The War of Art

The War of Art

Author: Steven Pressfield

Buy It: Amazon

Entertainment Value: 8/10

Life Value: 10/10

Read If: You have any talent, ambition or dream.

Do Not Read If: You don’t want to risk ruining your next pity party.

I read this book on the recommendation of Joe Rogan and it has been one of the most influential books in my life. You ever wonder why its so much easier to sit down on Facebook than write a blog? Its called resistance. You ever wonder why you can get something almost done but never quite finish? Its called resistance. This book unmasks the treacherous aforementioned beast, and gives you the vision to spot it. Once you learn to see resistance, you can make it bleed. And in the famous words of Arnold from Predator, “If it bleeds, you can kill it.”

Once you can go toe to toe with resistance and it least maim it on the reg, you may be able to call yourself a professional. And that is another important concept from this book. A professional doesn’t talk about writing, he writes. A professional doesn’t talk about how much ass he can kick, he just kicks ass. These two concepts alone are worth the read, but the book is packed with the tools to turn your life around, or improve what you already have going.

Pressfield, being a brilliant fiction writer, weaves this book together wittily and concisely. You can finish it in 2-3 hours if you hustle, but better perhaps to read it slow and let it simmer. If you don’t go get this book right now, you just let resistance dunk on your ass.

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  • Powerful recommendation. I read this book while simultaneously compiling the past 8 years of my craft into a completed project. I still have about 30 pages left, but as somebody already said; this book is a game changer.

    Destroy All Resistance. Fear Nothing.

  • Enlightening words and an inspirational story… Thank you for you support and spreading the light!

  • Remember it’s so easy to be negative, so easy to let yourself be carried downward by that stream… and that much MORE effort to have the ability to stand stronger in your journey. Not every person discovers their gift as you, but you are definitely helping those trying to find their own. (Oh, and to add to my story, when I started reading your blog/meditating/marijuana/jiu jitsu, I was taking five medications – Adderall, Zoloft, Trazadone, Klonopin, and Robaxin – to simply make it through the day. That number is now zero.)

  • Just started it and already so in love! A game changer for sure- just to put a name on my Resistance has helped me greatly :)

    Lex Wilde
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